To mark the launch of the Maternity website, we present the Halogen âRecycled Broadcast EPâ, the first of a series of free download releases available from www.maternitymedia.co.uk.
Recycled Broadcasts EP explores human communication and weathered transmissions re-used in to alternate musical contexts, forging digital embers of layered voices from 1950âs commercials and static radio messages, staging a neo-narrative buried amongst melodic swells and rhythmic oscillations.
Halogen (aka Adam Janota-Bzowski) collaborated with artist Laura Gibson whose delicately scuffed illustrations of Victorian ornaments and abandoned equipment provide a perfect tailored visual unity with the music. Also recruited was the talent Camberwell Artâs College student Stephen Tyrell, providing a solemn geometric image of ice-cracked lines nestled between photographs taken by Adamâs niece, aged 3. The passages of texts found in the sleeve notes are segments of poorly translated un-solicited emails (known as SPAM) found in Adamâs inbox. Their verbally nonsensical attempts at selling Viagra have been recycled to mirror the slurs and stutters of voices found in the tracks of the EP underpinning its theme of salvaged communication.
March 24, 2009 Subject:
a new breed
This album is so god damn cinematic;it lies between technicolour and sepia, the ethereal and demonic,between the delicate and strong. It epitomises the here and now, while managing to hark back to glorious days of yore and it's tight production only intensifies it's liminality. If only there were more of it.
To me this artist in not "tore between concepts and directions" but simply on an altogether different journey. There is no direction to be torn between when you are forging the path yourself. This is hugely listenable stuff. It works on so many levels and in so many environments, there is no need to pin it down or box it in. It touches all sides. It's very essence is what all good music is and should be. Sound glorious glorious sound.
Another triumph from an artist who has more than one trick up his sleeve.
January 19, 2009 Subject:
amazing release! love the way his music makes you move while still being highly lyrical, and can be enjoyed just as much in a relaxed setting.
January 19, 2009 Subject:
Cheers for the epic reviews guys!
A simple 'this was good' would have been satisfactory for me, but you guys are so generous with your words.
January 15, 2009 Subject:
Recycled Broadcasts EP – Halogen
If you are a fan of intelligent & delicately glitched-out IDM laced with melodic oscillating rhythms & slightly industrial crunchy sounds & textures, then I recommend you pay close attention to Halogen’s first EP release “Recycled Broadcasts”.
This is an impressive first release from Halogen aka Adam Janota-Bzowski, and I’m keen to hear what else is in store from this talented artist. The unique theme to this release is human communication, and Adam has demonstrated this by intrinsically layering old 50’s radio broadcast samples & human voices throughout the EP. This gives his sound a unique & original quality, as you find yourself listening to flawlessly produced cutting edge electronic sounds with a familiar 50s feel carefully woven through – quite an interesting & original combination that works brilliantly.
Very carefully crafted & tweaked, each track on the EP has a different feel to it, and all are of high quality & production. No filler here, only refined sonic gems. Glitch & IDM fans everywhere will delight in Halogen’s finely tuned ear. The highlight of Recycled Broadcasts for me is the second track on the EP entitled “Manilla“. Tantalizing whirrs, tripglitched themes, finely cutup scratching, sultry swinging blues samples and a big beat undercurrent contained within this track, inspire you to want to strut your stuff in front of a speaker stack in a fur coat with champagne and a whimsical smile.
Get your hands on this EP – you know what they say – the best things in life are for free…
December 30, 2008 Subject:
The launch of a new artist and label, Halogen has created a bold statement of intent for both himself and Maternity output. This the first in a series of free releases planned for the growing downtempo label, with each focused around a certain core idea. Over four tracks, Recycled Broadcasts tackles the theme of ‘human communication and weathered transmissions re-used in to alternate musical contexts’. Marshal Mcluhan once wrote that ‘The content of a medium is the previous medium,’ an ideology that is proven throughout this EP, as, in exploring and utilizing content from previous generations and musical movements, Halogen has produced a work as engaging as it is staggeringly original.
Not the Remix, the story of a failed remix which became a whole piece within itself kicks things off with percussive beats reminiscent of Bluetech, leading into a melodic, exultant climax. Manilla is my personal highlight. Underpinned by a robust, fervent rhythm section, the track is alive with a multitude of squeaks and glitches which, rather like an Escher painting, gives the track a multi-dimensional aspect, with the end result still vigilantly restrained into a tight rhythmic formula. Previous Future is a return to the Native State influenced sound of Not The Remix. Spacious, crystaline synth percolations give way to a rolling bass line and pounding drums. The record closes with Transmission, soaked carefully in reverb, droning pads and tight crunchy percussion, it brings to mind Remote Viewer’s recent output.
Halogen’s sound selection is one of the key factors which determines his ability and importance within the current IDM scene. Every sound feels like it has been chosen with great care and precision, sitting harmoniously in the mix with all the others, without squabbling with each other to be heard. A great introduction from a producer and label who’s stock will undoubtedly continue to rise throughout 2009.
December 16, 2008 Subject:
swirling and pounding this release may be. impressive upon a first listen and instantly engaging yet under a microscope one can detect the over compressed sound wave having its energy squeezed away, leaving some rhythms tainted with a tinny and lifeless quality.
The music is enjoyable and the journey short.
But this musician seems to be torn between concepts and directions. His myspace page shows an all together different musical approach, with preview of his album displaying stripped back ambient glitches and static clicks that contrast this attempt at upbeat electronica. Does he want to fill dancefloors or coffee shops? For at present we have a stoner's couch at the back of the club.